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Joshua Cotter, PhD, FACSM, CSCS, NSCA-CPT, EIM2

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We study MUSCLE!!!  Projects in my lab examine the optimal functioning and growth of skeletal muscle.  Below are some topics we are currently studying:

  1. Exploring how to optimally exercise astronauts in space
  2. Understanding how blood-flow restricted exercise and electrical muscle stimulation influences skeletal muscle hypertrophy and performance
  3. Looking into proteins found in skeletal muscle that promote and/or limit growth using proteomics
  4. Influence of exercise training and nutritional supplementation on sport performance
  5. Examining how radiation affects the growth and regeneration of skeletal muscle by impacting satellite cells (myogenic precursor cells for skeletal muscle)

Dr. Joshua Cotter is an Associate Professor of Exercise Physiology at California State University, Long Beach. He is co-director of the Physiology of EXercise and Sport (PEXS) lab where his focus is on understanding how the regulation of skeletal muscle mass affects outcomes on health and sport performance. His general interests include optimization of training programs and nutritional support for strength and hypertrophy, exercise countermeasures for spaceflight, the biology of the myogenic satellite cell, biomechanics of the knee joint, and ergogenic aids for sports performance. He completed his doctoral training at The Ohio State University (GO BUCKS) where he focused on Muscle Physiology and Biomechanics and continued his training in Exercise Physiology as an NIH sponsored fellow at the University of California, Irvine. He has co-authored a chapter on protein timing in the book “Dietary Protein and Resistance Exercise” and has authored several peer-reviewed articles found in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, and Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance to name a few. He is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (FACSM) and is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT). Outside of academics, he enjoys being outdoors playing volleyball at the beach or hiking beautiful spots around the world.